Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thank You!

Whew!  The 2014 Symposium has closed, and I will declare it a success.  For the fifth straight year, I was blown away by the work that students presented.  It was clear that every presentation of the day was fueled by hard work and passion.  Congratulations to all the students and their faculty mentors.

Today I want to take a moment to thank a few people who are instrumental in making the Symposium run smoothly.

First, a huge thanks to all in the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's office, who support the program financially and administratively.  This includes Dean Dawn Weber, who spearheaded the effort to start URCA five years ago, and who is the energy and spirit behind this event.  Also included in this thank you are Associate Dean Michael Hupfer and the Dean's Assistant Patti Brown.

Second, I'd like to thank the members of the URCA Committee, who worked tirelessly on every aspect of this Symposium, but who were particularly instrumental during the abstract review and revision process.  Thank you to Dr. Ted Avtgis (Communication Studies), Prof. Charles Caldemeyer (Art), Dr. Hilary Donatini (English), Prof. Fabio Polanco (Theatre), Dr. Michael Schwarz (History), and Dr. Andrew Trimble (Biology/Toxicology)

A tremendous thank you to Sarah Wells (Director, MFA Program) for her work in putting together the Symposium abstract book.  It is beautiful and professional, and Sarah does an amazing job with it each year.

Next, I'd like to thank several people throughout the university who assisted with putting on the event.  Thank you to Steve Hannan and Kris Kennedy, who were instrumental in the promotion and marketing of the event.  Thank you to Jim Misel and the Catering staff for their work in preparing Upper Convo.  Thank you to the Physical Facilities folks for taking care of the poster stands for us.  Thank you to Steve Suess and the Early Birds Word crew at WRDL for their coverage of the event.  Thank you to Brenda Rodeback, who helped facilitate several pieces of this whole puzzle.

Thanks to the faculty who mentored students, and to all faculty in the College who suspended classes for the day of the Symposium so that their students could participate and attend.  Thanks to all who came and supported the event.

And last but not least, thanks to the students from the CAS Scholars Program, Tri Beta, Comm Studies, and Psi Chi who staffed the front table for us during the event.  I'll close with a couple of pictures of their smiling faces:




Highlights of the 2014 Symposium: The Oral Presentation Sessions

I have fewer shots from the Oral Presentation sessions, partly because I worry about throwing presenters off by holding up my iphone during their talks, and partly because I often am too caught up in what they're saying to think about taking photos.  Still, I managed a few:

Here, Dr. Michael Schwarz moderates Oral Session I:


Presenters Lauren Fattlar (Communication Studies) and Barbara Mooneyham (Art) met for the first time at URCA, but bonded quickly as they both prepared to present in Oral Session II:


Also from Oral Session II, Peter Kobunski presented his work on lead exposure:

Here, Psychology student Samantha Diemer presents her work on aggressive cues:

Highlights of the 2014 Symposium: The Art

The art pieces featured at URCA are often my favorites from the day and are always popular with attendees!  Here are a few of the pieces that were featured during this year's Symposium:

Karly Beuck exhibited several of her paintings:





Barbara Mooneyham exhibited several of her sculpted pieces:





Marissa Uhrig exhibited these digital art pieces:


Highlights from the 2014 Symposium: Poster Sessions

What a fantastic set of poster/exhibition sessions!  Students from departments across the College of Arts and Sciences presented their work during these sessions, which allowed for a lot of interaction between presenters and attendees.  Here are some of the photos I was able to capture during the day: 

Psychology student Shanna Valenti and her faculty mentor, Dr. Mitchell Metzger:

Theatre student Kelli Lennox:

Psychology students Katlyn Grayson and Nicole Austin:

 Chemistry student William Horn:

Theatre student Kimberly Lennox:

Geology student Mitchell Ramsey with his faculty mentor, Dr. Michael Hudson:

Psychology student Shawna Brough with her faculty mentor, Dr. Curt Ickes:

Symposium attendees discussing the work of student Kelvin Stimpert:

Mitchell Ramsey discussing his work with Associate Dean Michael Hupfer:

Psychology student Mary Moeller discussing her work with Dr. Mitchell Metzger and Dr. Doug Dawson:


 Economics student Kees Edwards showing an attendee how to interact with his exhibit:

Economics students Kenny Bogner and Kees Edwards:

Biology student Rachel Farley discussing her work with an attendee:

Psychology student Shanna Valenti discussing her work with attendees:

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

The 2014 Symposium Schedule is Complete!


The students, the faculty mentors, the members of the URCA Committee, and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences have worked hard over the last five weeks to polish abstracts and finalize plans.  Now, we are pleased to announce that the schedule for the 2014 URCA Symposium is available!  Click here to view and print the schedule.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Check Out Our New Display!

Next time you're near the AU Library, stop in and check out the URCA display in the case near the elevators on the main floor.  We're hoping the display will serve as a reminder to students to submit their abstracts, and as a way to get everyone excited for this year's event.  Many thanks to the Library staff, especially Reference and Instruction Librarian Kathryn Venditti, for allowing us to use the display case!